09 November 2020

Improving safety at aviation security with ultraviolet light

Security & Defence

A study showed that baggage trays at security checkpoints have the highest levels of pathogens of any other surface in an airport.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support hygiene improvements at airport security screening, Smiths Detection developed a proprietary ultraviolet (UV-C) light tray disinfection kit capable of killing 99.9% of bacteria and virus-carrying micro- organisms, including coronavirus. The kits can be installed into any tray return system, regardless of vendor.

Trials are currently taking place at an airport in each of Asia Pacific and Europe and results have proven the solution’s ability to destroy micro-organisms.

A specially designed casing and other safety measures mean the UV-C lights pose no exposure risk to staff or passengers and can be installed quickly and easily into existing systems. Demonstrating greater hygiene standards will be important as airports seek to restore the confidence of travellers and staff during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Improving safety at aviation security with ultraviolet light